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Fellowship Requirements 

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Optometrists, ophthalmologists, and Fellows of the Contact Lens Society of America (FCLSA) who have proven themselves in the field of scleral lens fitting can apply for status as a Fellow of the Scleral Lens Society entitling them to be listed on the SLS website as a Scleral Lens Fitter, which is accessible to the public.

To become a Fellow of the Scleral Lens Education Society (FSLS), a candidate must successfully obtain a total of 60 points. 20 out of the 60 points must be from case reports (either one standard report or two form-based reports). The remaining 40 points can be any combination of the following:

FELLOWSHIP SUBMISSION ITEM POINTS
Completion of a Cornea & Contact Lens Residency or Fellowship certified by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE) 20
Diplomate of the Cornea, Contact Lens, and Refractive Technologies Section of the American Academy of Optometry 10
Standard Case Report
  • Guidelines available below
  • Will be reviewed by the Fellowship Committee for approval
20
Peer Reviewed Journal Article 20
Peer Reviewed Lecture
  • Acceptable only if presented at a major meeting and/or is COPE approved
  • Please submit PDF copy of lecture slides and provide COPE ID if applicable
  • The primary topic of the lecture should be scleral lenses
20
Peer Reviewed Poster or Abstract 10
Non-Peer Reviewed Article
  • Examples include articles in editor reviewed publications, such as Contact Lens Spectrum, Review of Cornea & Contact Lenses, or Review of Optometry
  • Will be reviewed by the Fellowship Committee for approval
10
Form-based Case Report
  • Cases may be submitted by filling out a basic form provided by the SLS and is available for download below
  • Will be reviewed by the Fellowship Committee for approval
10
Scleral Lens Multiple Choice Quiz
  • Candidates may take a 20 question quiz based on "A Guide to Scleral Lens Fitting, 2nd edition" by Eef van der Worp
  • Candidates may take the quiz three times; the link to the quiz is available below
  • Points will be awarded once the candidate passes
10

The Fellowship Committee will consider any other submissions a candidate feels demonstrates their expertise in scleral lens fitting on a case-by-case basis.

Once the Fellowship application fee is paid, candidates have a maximum of three years from the date of application to complete the Fellowship process.  You may pay your $100 fee through PayPal: paypal.me/scleralsociety

Candidates may resubmit revised case reports a maximum of two times. If the case report is not deemed acceptable by the committee after the second resubmission, the candidate will need to submit a different report.

To apply please email your intent to pursue fellowship, your plan to achieve 60 points, as well as all submissions to the current Fellowship Chair: 

Justine L. Siergey OD, FSLS  SLSfellowship@gmail.com


General Case Report Tips

Patient Selection Reports should be based on the type of patients you fit on a regular basis and for patients you managed entirely yourself or co-managed to conclusion. Do not report the patient's full name. Use patient's initials only. Patients should be wearing their lenses successfully for a minimum of 3 months to be included in a case report.

Technical Guidelines Use good syntax and grammar. Carefully spell-check and grammar-check all work. Your case report should be written in past tense using third person paying close attention to presentation, spelling and grammar. Please number all pages as this is helpful for the committee during the review process.

References Always reference your work. Case reports must be your original work. Don't plagiarize!


Standard Case Report Guidelines

Cover Page Include the candidate's name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, case report title and number and an abstract of the case report. Include key words used.

Introduction Overall summary of the eye disease and case report.

Case Report Thoroughly document initial visit and each follow up visit. Each visit should consist of history, examination, decision-making and education. The patient's initial visit should include patient's chief complaint, age/ethnicity, sex and date of examination as well as a thorough documentation of history (present illness, medical, ocular, family and social) and review of systems. Document all findings and record all medications, including concentration and quantity instilled in the patient's eyes as part of the examination. Visual acuity should reflect the level of disease.  All exam testing should be documented.

Contact Lens Examination and Fit Evaluation Anterior segment examination and findings should be documented. The patient’s habitual contact lens design as well as the new design should be discussed.  All lens designs used in the fitting process should be discussed to demonstrate the reason why the final lens chosen was the best design for the patient. Alternative contact lens options should be explained with an emphasis on the final option. The contact lens fitting procedure should be explained.  The base curve selection and fitting philosophy should be discussed. Contact lens parameters, fit assessment, and modifications should be included. Alternative options should be discussed. Troubleshooting during the fitting process should be mentioned. An appropriate care system should be prescribed for the contact lens design. Eye drops or medications related to the contact lens or eye condition should be included.

Additional Tests/Referrals If a patient is referred to another provider for a procedure or further testing include a copy of that provider's report as well as any follow-up with the patient after the procedure was done.  Any additional tests including topography should be included in the case report. If further testing or a procedure was performed during the time you managed the patient, that report should be included in the case report. A dilated fundus evaluation should be included if not performed by the referring provider.

Differential Diagnosis Include a differential diagnosis list with an explanation of how each diagnoses differs from the final diagnosis.

Discussion Section Define the final diagnosis and describe the epidemiology and pathophysiology where appropriate. The eye disease(s) and treatment options should be thoroughly discussed. The benefit for contact lens use should be mentioned. The patient's chief complaint and problem should be solved. Treatment should be explained with references supporting the discussion.

Conclusion Include a conclusion in the case report.

Photos Include photographs of the contact lens fit if possible.

References The last page of the case report should be a bibliography of the references used in developing the case report. Cite all information gathered from outside sources. The bibliography should include a balanced mix of textbooks,  internet, and library-based research of peer-reviewed journals. Whenever possible, references should be current in the last 5-7 years.

Case reports accepted by the Scleral Lens Education Society for fellowship may be used on the website for educational purposes.

Download sample standard case reports:

Case 1 

Case 2


Form-based Case Report Guidelines

Please fill in all pertinent areas of the form-based report. To view a completed report refer to the sample.

Download a blank form-based case report here

Download a sample form-based case report here


Scleral Lens Multiple Choice Quiz

TAKE THE QUIZ  

Candidates may review "A Guide To Scleral Lens Fitting, 2nd Edition", which you can download here.

Please note you must be logged in to take the quiz. Once "Start Quiz" is clicked it will count as an attempt, so please be prepared to complete the quiz in its entirety before you proceed. There is no time limit to complete the quiz, however the maximum number of attempts allowed is three.